In Loving Memory of Dr. Sharon Bailey

Sharon Bailey poses for a portrait during a breakout session
Sharon Bailey poses for a portrait during a breakout session. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education extends our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Sharon Bailey. The news of her passing has left us shocked and deeply saddened. Dr. Bailey dedicated her life to ensuring African-American students, educators, and families were equipped with the tools they deserved for quality learning that reflected the voices and stories of the African American community.

Through her life of service she led in various areas within the Denver Public Schools. From 1988-1995, she served as an elected member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Dr. Bailey was primary researcher and author of the qualitative study, An Examination of Student Educator Experiences in Denver Public Schools through the Voices of African American Teachers and Administrators. The findings of her report led to the establishment of the Denver Public Schools African American Equity Task Force. She always led with her deep passion for Black excellence. It was her work that paved the way for the advancement of the Black Excellence Resolution.

Dr. Sharon Bailey will be greatly missed and the Board of Education is committed to continuing her legacy through pursuing the various initiatives she began and have now become cornerstones for the Denver Public Schools.

Board of Education,

Xóchitl ‘Sochi’ Gaytán, President
Tay Anderson, Vice President
Michelle Quattlebaum, Secretary
Scott Esserman, Treasurer
Scott Baldermann
Rev. Bradley Laurvick
Carrie A. Olson, PhD